I confess. I don't much care anymore what candidates say they believe about god and freedom and responsibility and whatever. I want to know what they can actually do. Because for all the talking and pledging and swearing and such, wouldn't it be nice to have the focus be on competence for a change?
Talk about running government like a business? Ha. If government were being run like a business, George Bush and his entire leadership team would have been fired four years ago. And all their stock options would be underwater.
Unfortunately, it's not only Republicans who are fumble-footed here in North Carolina. Indeed, the Great Goodyear Giveaway will go down in history as a strategic blunder by Democratic leadership.
(In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Goodyear legislation challenged in court by Bob Orr. And he'll win this time. The current giveaway provides money to Bridgestone for improvements and investments they'd already decided to make without public money. The State will have a hard time making the compelling case that this money is serving a public good. Unless you want to call bribing companies not to get mad at you a public good.)
So yeah. I'd gladly settle for simple competence.